Theater Planning: Facilities For Performing Arts And Live Entertainment provides an up-to-date, detailed, and coherent introduction to North American theater planning and design practice. This book was developed out of the planning courses that author Gene Leitermann teaches at Yale School of Drama, and is informed by his more than 30 years of professional practice.
Part I is a guide to the concepts and processes of architecture and construction, as applied to performing arts buildings. Part II is a guide to the design of performing arts buildings, with detailed descriptions of the technical requirements of every part of the theater building. Each concept is illustrated with line drawings and examples from the author’s professional practice. The book includes comparison tables and plan and section drawings illustrating most sub-types of performing arts buildings.
In his foreword, architect William Rawn FAIA writes, “Gene Leitermann has outlined the nature of the design challenge of theaters in this fascinating—and admirably succinct—book. He explains the process with a clarity and economy that make his text valuable to anyone contemplating the construction of a theater.”
Gene Leitermann is co-founder of Nextstage Design, a theater design consulting firm with a national practice. He has been the lead theater designer on more than 100 buildings. A faculty member at Yale School of Drama since 1998, Gene has also lectured internationally. He is a member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC).